Microsoft announces Power Apps Developer Plan

Benjamin Akhigbe

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Power Apps Developer Plan at Build 2021 that allows developers to build and test Power Apps, Power Automate and Microsoft Dataverse for free in a development environment. The plan enables you to create apps and flows without writing code, with full featured Power Apps and Power Automate development tools. You can easily share and collaborate on solutions with other developers.

You can connect to any data source using over 400 out of the box connectors or you can create your own custom connectors. With Dataverse, which is a fully managed, scalable data platform that includes support for common business app actions. You can use out of the box common tables or you can build your own data schema.

Soon, you will be able to create more environments to exercise application lifecycle management on the Power Apps Developer Plan development environment. Also, you can export solutions to create your individual environment and then publish them onto the Microsoft AppSource, so you can enable customers to test drive them.

Earlier this month, Microsoft extended the capabilities of the Power Apps Developers Plan to meet the needs of developers and was rebranded from Power Apps Community Plan to Power Apps Developer Plan. These key changes included, the ability to share apps with team members for development and testing purposes. Also, Increased capability allocations and soon you’ll have the ability to create more environments to support ALM (Application Lifecyle Management) scenarios.

Today, you can sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan with a work or school email address. If you’re an existing Power Apps user, you can also create a developer environment. Also, if you’re a Visual Studio Dev Essentials user, the Power Apps Developer Plan is also included in your benefits where you can visit My Benefits to select Power Apps tile to sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan.